Conceived by composer Matt Rogers and writer Sally O’Reilly, The Virtues of Things is a witty dissection of how objects carry meaning and operas unfold their fictions. When a long-established family prop-making business, struggling to adapt to modern pressures, is struck by a mysterious illness, a slick outsider steps in to help, but his attempts to modernise their methods place the family in peril.
Matt Rogers (also known as Gameshow Outpatient) has created commissions for the London Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, among many others. Sally O’Reilly writes art criticism and fiction for video, performance and the page.
Matt Rogers The Virtues of Things
Matt Rogers composer
Sally O’Reilly libretto
Richard Baker conductor
Bijan Sheibani director
Giles Cadle designer
Matt Haskins lighting designer
Aurora Orchestra gratefully acknowledges support from PRS for Music Foundation